Communication and Theatre

Ruth Anderson Public Debate Series

The 2014 Ruth Anderson Public Debate was held on
Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Resolved: Do Not Eat Anything with a Face

Would you eat me?What goes into the production of a quarter pound burger? According to J.L. Capper in The Journal of Animal Science, 6.7 pounds of feed, 52.8 gallons of drinking water, 74.5 square feet of grazing, and the equivalent amount of energy it takes to run a microwave for 18 minutes. Did you know the average American eats approximately 271 pounds of meat a year—or three, quarter pounder burgers a day? Meat is a tasty part of culture. It's a part of our special holidays and our daily meals, but is the product worth the cost?

This year's Ruth Anderson Public Debate asks, is it right to eat animals? To answer this question we will feature four supremely qualified debaters to offer their perspective on the ethical, environmental, and health concerns surrounding meat.  

The Experts

Karen S. Emmerman, proposing the resolution

Karen S. Emmerman earned her doctorate in philosophy from the University of Washington with a specialization in ecofeminist animal theory. Karen is a co-organizer of the UW Critical Animal Studies Working Group, board member of the UW Center for Philosophy for Children, and adjunct lecturer in the UW Philosophy and Comparative History of Ideas departments. She also teaches philosophy to K-12 students in public schools; in 2014-2015 she is Philosopher-in-Residence at John Muir Elementary School.

Michael Schleeter, opposing the resolution 

Michael Schleeter began teaching as an Assistant Professor at PLU in 2011, having received a B.A. in Philosophy, Comparative Literature, and Biology from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Penn State University. He regularly teaches courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, and business ethics, as well as courses in early modern philosophy, 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, and the philosophy of race.

About the Series

The T.O.H Karl Forensic Forum is committed to enhancing and invigorating community debate on matters of public concern. As part of that mission, the Ruth Anderson Public Debate series, brings experts to campus to discuss contemporary issues relevant to our community. If you are unable to make it to PLU, watch the event online. We will be streaming and live tweeting!

To see last year's debate click here

Browse below to see pictures of the 2013 Ruth Anderson Debate: